Kestrel Stone: Why Developmental Training Is An Absolute Must For Project Managers
Project Managers are uniquely positioned to bring more than just project outcomes to the business place, and no one knows that better than Kestrel Stone.
During her 13 years of project management on various projects, Kestrel developed a highly-effective method for structuring her projects, that includes frameworks, tools and techniques, and various other approaches to ensure that whatever the project is, it goes off without a hitch, and brings more to the business than the expected outcomes.
One of the best ways to bring the most out of any project, according to Kestrel, is to focus on the skills development of your team, even if they don’t always report directly to you.
Points raised in this podcast with Kestrel Stone:
- Project managers have an incredibly important role to play in building the capability of their teams, and should see capability development as part of their daily lives.
- Project managers are uniquely positioned to learn new skills from other industries, and should let this expertise help guide them in developing the skills of their team.
- Focusing on training and developing the skills of your team is also a brilliant opportunity to motivate your team, and is an effective way of establishing the project manager’s authority. While you’re accomplishing these goals, you’re also ensuring that the team members buy into the project.
- A breakdown of communication is the basis of most project issues, and project managers should always focus on maintaining communication, which is easier when you allow you team to develop their own capabilities.
- It’s also very important to talk to the people involved in the project and let them play a bigger, more engaged part in the project planning. Find out what skills they’d like to learn and develop, and see if you can build those needs into the project.
About Kestrel Stone:
An incredibly qualified project manager, Kestrel has a Masters in Project Management, and more than 13 years of experience in the industry, working on everything from defence and engineering projects, through to organisational change and climate change initiatives in Australia and abroad.
Kestrel founded Elemental Projects in 2012, a consultancy based in Sydney which specialises in project, portfolio, and program management. Kestrel is also an adjunct lecturer at the University of Sydney, and ACU.
Kestrel is a NSW Chapter Councillor at the Australian Institute of Project Management, where she currently chairs the Professional Advancement portfolio for New South Wales.
You can contact Kestrel on LinkedIn.